Although there are fewer migrants camping along the Belarus side of the EU's eastern border, Polish border guards say attempts at illegally crossing into the bloc are becoming more aggressive.
European Union foreign ministers agreed on the fifth set of sanctions against Lukashenko’s govt since 2020, adding airlines, travel agents and others accused of helping bring refugees to Minsk.
Calling for a de-escalation, aid agencies say that at least 10 migrants have died on the Poland-Belarus border so far as temperatures drop below freezing.
EU foreign ministers are gathering in Brussels to adopt new criteria to expand Belarus sanctions as mounting migrant crisis in the region continues to concern the international community.
The EU Commission said it is not intimidated by Belarus threats to stop gas transit from Russia to the EU.
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